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Chinatown Walkaway Food/Noodle Shops

norad Apr 5, 2011 08:46 AM

My wife and i are taking our two adopted (from China!) 6 year olds through Chinatown this Saturday morning. Not really looking for formal restaurant recs; more like Chinese walk out food places, XLB, noodle shops, stuff we can take home that afternoon. I was in Chinatown some years ago and stumbled on a place that made traditional hand thrown noodles. Any places like that still exist? Thanks for any help you can provide.

  1. PeterL Apr 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    Golden Gate bakery.

    1. K K Apr 5, 2011 11:47 AM

      For XLB, it is better you dine in, and Bund Shanghai is probably the best in the area.

      Agreed on Golden Gate Bakery, get there early, line up, and buy a box of their signature egg tarts. If feeling adventurous try a few other items.

      Walk up Stockton Street and buy some Cantonese BBQ to go (cha siu/bbq pork, roast duck, bbq spare ribs). Many places to choose from, and Gourmet Deli at 1045 Stockton Street is quite decent. Good Mong Kok Bakery at 1039 Stockton seems popular for non restaurant quality take out dim sum.

      Maybe Hing Lung and get some congee to go, but don't miss their fried cruller sticks. Try the cow tongue pastry too (a sweeter version of fried ellpical goodness), picture here: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/Qy_NErFfz5OGdJfiN4TRgw?select=q9n1_d4XkH9f_cBwWE4mAg

      Might be fun just to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie company (even though fortune cookies do not exist in China



      Hing Lung Restaurant
      674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Golden Gate Bakery
      1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Golden Gate Fortune Cookies
      56 Ross Aly, San Francisco, CA

      Good Mong Kok
      1039 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

      Bund Shanghai
      640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: K K
        Robert Lauriston Apr 5, 2011 11:57 AM

        I'm not sure there's any need to get to Golden Gate Bakery early. They had plenty of stuff at 3pm on Sunday. Line looked long but probably took no more than 10 minutes.

        Golden Gate Bakery
        1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        chocolatetartguy Apr 5, 2011 04:48 PM

        For the traditionalist, try Eastern Bakery on Grant. They have the best French doughnuts and good cha sieu bow and guy don beng. You could also try the yelling waiter place on Pacific above Grant for gim fon, cha sieu and egg rolled up in a rice noodle sheet (Chinese sushi as a Czech friend of mine called it).

        Eastern Bakery
        720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: chocolatetartguy
          Pei Apr 5, 2011 09:15 PM

          WHAT is a French doughnut?! Color me intrigued.

          1. re: Pei
            yimster Apr 6, 2011 07:23 AM

            It is a doughnut that is "hollow", it has a sweet outside and not all the dough under it. Only my Uncle was still alive to make them again. But since I should not be eating them maybe it good that I will not be lining up to get them still hot after a light syrup coating. I can still taste them in my mind.

            1. re: Pei
              chocolatetartguy Apr 6, 2011 12:44 PM

              It is kind of like a popover and the dough that is under the surface is slightly underdone. The outside is drizzled with a slightly bitter sugar syrup. It is an American standard, I think. I have seen them at Kingpin in Berkeley, but Eastern Bakery's version is much more refined: airy, eggy, tender and pleasantly sweet.

              Eastern Bakery
              720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

            2. re: chocolatetartguy
              kc72 Apr 5, 2011 09:34 PM

              What is 'gim' fon? Not familiar w/ that term

              1. re: kc72
                Melanie Wong Apr 6, 2011 01:52 AM

                Guen fun is "cha sieu and egg rolled up in a rice noodle sheet".

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  kc72 Apr 6, 2011 06:19 AM

                  i know what that is, just never heard of gim fon

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    K K Apr 6, 2011 09:48 AM

                    Guen Fun or Fun Guen? Sounds old school Chinese American/Chinatown as I never recalled seeing it in Hong Kong even in the late 70s/80s.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      chocolatetartguy Apr 6, 2011 12:47 PM

                      Gim fon is the phonetic spelling for this juk sing/ABC. The restaurant is Sam Wo, which I think is still there. They have them coiled in a large saucepan and they pull it out and slice it into rounds for you. Eat them right away because the noodle gets tough after a few hours.

                      I know for sure that they had them in the mid 80's and I believe way before. I remember going there in the late 60's.

                      Sam Wo Restaurant
                      813 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

                2. Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2011 08:13 AM

                  Gourmet Delight for roast pork and so on.

                  Gourmet Delight
                  1045 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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